28 years in the making, Rudgate Brewery was established in 1992. The brewery is located at the heart of Yorkshire in the Vale of York.
The original brewery was situated in the former ammunition building of RAF Marston Moor Airfield, which was home to the Halifax bombers that helped defend the country during World War 2. The name comes from the old Roman road of `Rudgate’ which runs through the airfield.
Things seemed to tick over quite nicely for the Rudgate team throughout their first 16 years, multiple award-winning beers and a die-hard following locally meant they could go about their business quite comfortably.
In 2008 Craig Lee took over as MD and head brewer and immediately things kicked up a notch. The following year, Rudgate’s now famous, Ruby Mild won Champion Beer of Britain at CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival. The brewery had to promptly source new tanks and double production to keep up with the demand that still remains to this day.
The success that followed allowed Rudgate to expand production and move into a state of the art facility on the same site in 2011. It was at this point that the team began to add seasonal and one-off brews to the line-up, keeping their traditional roots while adapting to the changing landscape of the industry.
“We always uphold our traditional values but also understand the need to adapt to new market expectations. Every year we work on the quality and consistency of our core range plus creating innovative new recipes.”
While their one-offs and special brews have definitely gained traction over the last 9 years or so. Their traditional range of beers continues to keep the jaws of beer geeks everywhere firmly on the floor.
Tonight’s beer, Jorvik Blonde, is one of those beers. Having won countless awards over the years, Jorvik is a flaxen Blonde ale that balances hoppy bitterness and a crispy fruity finish. It’s full-bodied with a smooth creamy mouthfeel and immediately evokes memories of your favourite county pub. Oh, and it’s in a big old bottle! What’s not to like.